Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Synopsis From Back Cover:
Meet Princess Cimorene - a princess who refuses to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart...
So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon. And not just any dragon, but Kazul - one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons around. Of course, Cimorene has a way of hooking up with dangerous characters, and soon she's coping with a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, a stone prince, and some very oily wizards.
If this princess ran away to find some excitement, it looks like she's found plenty.
Dealing with Dragons is the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and before Celia of Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia made it part of a giveaway, I had never heard of it before. So needless to say I was super excited to win the giveaway and get a chance to read something she obviously cares so much about.
I'm not sure what I expected or thought I would get from this book, I think I went into it with a pretty open mind actually, but I can honestly say I wasn't expecting the wit and humor that is found throughout the book. Cimorene is a princess who knows her own mind and rebels against what is normal for princesses to do. She would rather learn how to fence or magic than sewing and dancing. She would rather use her brains then bat her lashes to get what she wants.
I had a blast with this book and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see how the author expands the world that she created in this book. It's a world full of kingdoms, dragons, magic, and rigid social structures that are just begging to be broken. It's a world that I'm looking forward to visiting again in the near future.